15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 312
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The life of Jesus FlashCards' cards one to five
After telling the story, talk about why Jesus was able to sleep so soundly on the boat. Talk about Jesus fully trusting Father God; he believed that Father God would take care of them even though the storm raged around them. Jesus wasn’t worried; instead he was full of peace. When Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves everything around him became peaceful too.
2. Starter question - 1 min
Did you know that it takes around seven minutes for a person to fall asleep? Tucked up in bed with your head resting comfortably on a pillow it takes around 1… 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7 minutes to fall… fast… asleep. But sometimes, when you’re really tired, you may find that as soon as your head touches the pillow you fall into a deep and blissful slumber.
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
A very large cardboard box for one or perhaps two children to sit in
‘Let’s cross the lake’ speech bubble (see Printables)
A couple of strips of blue fabric for the children to waft up and down like waves
‘Wake up’ speech bubble (see Printables)
‘Be quiet’ speech bubble (see Printables)
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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy colouring in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Sleeping lions
You will need: cushions – enough for one per child (if you don’t have enough cushions used rolled-up jumpers).
Scatter the cushions on the floor. Ask the children to lie on the floor with their head on a cushion. At this point you could either play a game of Sleeping Lions* or spend some time relaxing as you think about Jesus sleeping soundly in the boat. If you think it appropriate, while the children lie quietly on the floor relaxing, you could read a child-friendly version of Psalm 23. Explain that this verse is all about God looking after and caring for people.
*To play Sleeping Lions... encourage the children to pretend to sleep with their heads resting comfortably on cushions. While the children are ‘sleeping’ a couple of volunteers should creep around making swishing and crashing noises or wafting the fabric (see props) to make waves. The sleeping children must lie as still as possible ignoring the sounds and wafting fabric. As soon as a child moves they must join the other noise-makers. Keep playing the game until you only have a couple of children still ‘sleeping’, or you run out of time.
Spend some time briefly talking about how Jesus was able to sleep soundly in the boat because he fully trusted that Father God was looking after them.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, thank you that you care for each one of us. Thank you that we can sleep soundly at night knowing that you are with us, loving us and looking after us.
Father we think about the disciples frantically trying to stop the boat from sinking rather than trusting in you. Father God help us to remember that when we are going through tough times you are close by. Help us to remember that you are powerful and able to help us in the middle of our difficulties. Amen.
Alongside this story, make the craft...